Location (square, palace, streets etc): "Skalvija", A. Goštauto g. 2/15
Organisers of the feast/festival: Public house "Skalvijos" cinema centre
Description of the feast/ festival: The fifth edition of Vilnius Documentary Film Festival will take place from 5th to 14th of December 2008 in Vilnius. The organisers are expecting to welcome Festival guests from all over the world on the eve of very important occasion in 2009 Vilnius will become the European Capital of Culture.
Traditionally the Festival will be opened by Lithuanian documentary premiére director Audrius Stonys will introduce to the public his newest film Four Steps which approaches critically Lithuanian traditions of wedding ceremony.
In the Main Programme spectators will have a great selection from most interesting and internationally acclaimed documentaries such as Useless by Jia Zhang-ke (Wu Yong, 2007, China, Venice Horizons Documentary Award), Helvetica by Gary Hustwit (2007, Great Britain), Who is Afraid of Kathy Acker? by Barbara Caspar (2007, Austria), Young Yakuza by Jean-Pierre Limosin (2007, France), Back to Normandy by Nicholas Philibert (Retour en Normandie, 2007, France), Revue by Sergei Loznica (Predstavlenye, 2008, Russia), My Child could Paint That by Amir Bar-Lev (2007, USA) and others.
The Festival will host six premiéres of most recent Lithuanian documentaries. Directors Algirdas Tarvydas, Oksana Buraja, Tomas Bručas and others will present to the public their newest films.
Special Programme Family Today will foster discussions about contemporary family. The Programme will reveal different aspects of family today models, relationships, attitudes, etc. The theme was inspired by recent debates initiated by Lithuanian politicians and fostered by the society about family concept.
The Competition is dedicated to documentary filmmakers from Baltic countries. The Programme presents 4 films from each country Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The films will be judged by international jury which will be chaired by Russian filmmaker Sergei Loznica. Three best documentaries will be awarded. The award ceremony will be held on the 13th of December at Cinema Center SKALVIJA. The founder of the prize - Kazickas Family Foundation.
Festival guest filmmaker Sergei Loznica will lead the workshop to film students. Director will share his experience while working with very special material archives and chronicles.
In cooperation with Media Desk Lithuania seminars, meetings and consultations to film directors and producers concerning documentary support and promotion schemes in Europe will be organised. The events will take place on 9th - 13th of December.
Programme of the event 2010: